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Lyonshall, Herefordshire

Historical Description

Lyonshall, a village and a parish in Herefordshire. The village stands 1½ mile SE of the river Arrow, and 2½ miles E of Kington, was once a market-town, and has a station on the Kington and Eardisley branch of the G.W.R., and a post and telegraph office under Kington; money order office, Kington. The parish comprises 4760 acres; population, 828. The manor belonged to the Marburys, passed to the Devereux family, Sir Stephen de Ebroicis, and the Touchets. Castle Weir, Lynhales, and The Whittern are the chief residences. A castle, said to have been built by William Rufus, stood at the village, and is now represented by some ivy-clad remains. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Hereford; net value, £244 with residence. Patron, the Bishop of Worcester. The church is of the 13th century, and the font is of the same date, but there are remains of an earlier church. The tower and one of the windows are Norman. It was restored in 1873. There are Baptist and Primitive Methodist chapels.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5


The following is a list of the administrative units in which this place was either wholly or partly included.

Ancient CountyHerefordshire 
Ecclesiastical parishLyonshall St. Michael 
Poor Law unionKington 
Registration districtKington1837 - 1839
Registration districtPresteigne1838 - 1870
Registration districtKington1870 - 1974

Any dates in this table should be used as a guide only.

Civil Registration

For general information about Civil Registration (births, marriages and deaths) see the Civil Registration page.

For births, marriages, and deaths in Lyonshall from 1837 to 1839 you should search for the Kington Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Lyonshall from 1838 to 1870 you should search for the Presteigne Registration District.
For births, marriages, and deaths in Lyonshall from 1870 to 1974 you should search for the Kington Registration District.

Directories & Gazetteers

We have transcribed the entry for Lyonshall from the following:

Land and Property

The Return of Owners of Land in 1873 for Herefordshire is available to browse.


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Newspapers and Periodicals

The British Newspaper Archive have fully searchable digitised copies of the following Herefordshire newspapers online:

RegionWest Midlands
Postal districtHR5
Post TownKington